The hard work and dedication of Scotlandâ€™s Dementia Ambassadors to support learning that helps improve the lives of people with dementia were recognised at their third national conference in Glasgow today (Friday 3 March). Around 120 Dementia Ambassadors were at the SSSC hosted event to celebrate their achievements.
Dementia Ambassadors work in social services throughout Scotland and have a key role in supporting and developing the skills of the workforce who support people living with dementia as part of the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Promoting Excellence framework.
Opening the conference Professor Jim McGoldrick, Convener of the SSSC said:
â€˜Iâ€™m delighted to see so many Dementia Ambassadors here today as we look to inspire for the future to build a social service workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to help people living with dementia, and their families and carers, live well.
â€˜I know every Dementia Ambassador has a passion and drive to improve the lives of people with dementia and this event recognises and celebrates your hard work.
â€˜When thinking about the future of dementia care we have to listen to the people that know best, so I am very pleased that representatives from the Scottish Dementia Working Group and the National Dementia Carers Action Network are able to join us today so we can learn from their knowledge and experience.â€™
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:
â€˜We are so grateful to the Dementia Ambassadors taking part today and to the over 800 ambassadors to date who have committed, through workforce training and skills development, to help improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers and families in Scotland.
â€˜Every Dementia Ambassador is part of an incredible force for change in Scotland, a force that has at its heart the hopes and aspirations of people with dementia and their families and a force that will ensure people with dementia and their families can lead an inclusive and meaningful life as equal and valued citizens of Scotland.â€™
At the conference delegates will hear from:
- Alzheimer Scotland
- Scottish Care
- Scottish Dementia Working Group
- National Dementia Carers Action Network
- Care Inspectorate
- Dementia Ambassadors.
Dementia Ambassadors are people in social service and other settings who have volunteered to develop their skills in working with people living with dementia as part of the Promoting Excellence learning framework. There are around 800 active Dementia Ambassadors right across Scotland whose role it is to promote best practice and support colleagues in their knowledge of working with people living with dementia.
The Twitter hashtag to follow the dayâ€™s events is #DANC17.